Languages say something about our culture and our soul, according to uTalk’s language guru (pictured).
Which is why Brian Loo Soon Hua, who knows upwards of eight languages, is worried about the number of endangered languages on the verge of becoming extinct.
‘Languages are going extinct and regional differences are slowly dying out,’ he says. People are thinking more and more alike. If language equals our culture then we’re becoming more homogenised, uniform’.
‘It’s good on one hand because people are connecting across borders. But we’ll lose some of the creativity, soul and the idiosyncrasies that make humans human,’ he adds.
uTalk supports minority as well as mainstream languages and, out of its 141 languages, more than ten are classed as endangered or vulnerable.